Northern Lights Festival Opera
Under the guidance of Musical Director Gavriel Heine of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, the Northern Lights Festival Opera has become the cornerstone of the Northern Lights Music Festival with fully staged performances with orchestra.
What began as an effort to involve the community in a wildly successful production of Britten’s Noyes Fludde in 2007, led to annual main stage productions of Hansel and Gretel, Carmina Burana, Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci.
In 2013, Northern Lights reached another landmark when it staged its first full-length, four-act opera, Puccini’s La Bohème.
Bizet’s Carmen followed in 2014 with Lehar’s The Merry Widow in 2015. In the past five seasons the Northern Lights Festival opera has presented Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, The Barber of Seville, and La Traviata featuring acclaimed soprano Cecilia Violetta López.
In 2020 Northern Lights presented the first live opera productions in the United States during the COVID pandemic. Following closely guided health protocols Tosca was performed at The Minnesota Discovery Center Amphitheater in Chisholm and Menotti’s The Medium at the State Theater in Ely. Both were streamed live as well.
Last season saw Northern Lights present two versions of Rossini’s La Cerentola, a full-length version and a shortened family-friendly version performed by member of the Opera Apprentice Program. A film documenting the festival and it’s production of La Cenerentola titled “Iron Opera” was produced and televised by PSB affiliate WDSE.
Scott Quinn as Rodolfo.